What were the results of this political decision?
The deaths of four good Americans — including a U.S. ambassador — and 9/11 2.0.
To borrow words from another U.S. president from Illinois who was also all too familiar with the inconvenient political fallout of war: “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time!”
To say that the decision to place a minimal level of security personnel in Libya was not politically motivated is to tell a lie. To say that a politically motivated cover-up is not underway is to tell another lie.
And to say President Obama has defeated al Qaida is to tell but one more big lie. Indeed, it seems al Qaida may have just defeated Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton by giving them enough rope to hang their political careers with on September 11, 2012.
Michael S. Smith II is co-founder and principal of Kronos Advisory, a counter-terrorism adviser to members of the United States Congress, and a senior analyst with Wikistrat. Follow him on Twitter via @MichaelSSmithII.